Ellen Pompeo

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Ellen Pompeo
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Pompeo at the premiere of 27 Dresses, January 7, 2008
Born Ellen Kathleen Pompeo
(1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 44)
Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Chris Ivery (m. 2007)
Children 1

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo (/pʌmˈpɛ/; born November 10, 1969) is an American actress, best known for her role as Meredith Grey in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2005–present). In 2007, this role earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama nomination. In film, she appeared in Moonlight Mile (2002), Old School (2003), and Daredevil (2003).

Early life[edit]

Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, the daughter of Kathleen B. (née O'Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo, a salesman.[1][2] Her father was of Italian, English, and Irish descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry.[3][4] She was raised Roman Catholic.[5][6] Her mother died of a painkiller overdose when Ellen was four, and her father remarried soon after. Her father died on September 1, 2012.[7] She has five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. She was nicknamed the pencil, and Stracciatella (an icecream flavor).[8]


Pompeo began her career with minor roles on television shows such as Strangers with Candy, Friends and Law & Order and others. Pompeo moved to Los Angeles in 2001. She participated in the movie Mambo Café[9] with Thalía. A turning point came when she was selected by director Brad Silberling in 2002 for a role in his film Moonlight Mile playing Jake Gyllenhaal's sympathetic love interest. In 2002, Pompeo appeared in Catch Me If You Can and in 2003, in Old School. Television guest roles include two episodes of Law & Order and an episode of Friends. She portrayed Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend, Naomi, in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Although her scenes were cut from the film, she felt grateful that director Michel Gondry chose her to appear in his film.[10]

Pompeo landed her first major role in 2005, on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy, which is now in its tenth season,[11] as the title character, Meredith Grey, a surgical intern attending at a prestigious hospital. In 2011, she was named the ninth highest paid television actress, earning $7 million.[12] In 2011, she signed a new contract for Grey's Anatomy that increased her salary to US$200,000 per episode. On May 10, 2012, it was announced that she signed a contract for two more seasons. In 2012, she was named the eighth highest paid television actress, earning $9 million. She has extended her contract for two more years which would have her involved with the show until the 12th season.[13]

On October 13, 2007, Pompeo was honored by the National Italian American Foundation for her achievement in entertainment at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C.[14] On October 27, 2011, Deadline.com reported that Pompeo had launched her own production company called Calamity Jane which sold its first project to ABC, an untitled show about female agents on the Secretary of State's security detail[15]

Personal life[edit]

Pompeo married music producer Chris Ivery on November 9, 2007. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was the legal witness to the ceremony.[16] She gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery, on September 15, 2009.[17] She has a house in the Hamptons, a house in Los Angeles, California, and a house in Malibu, California.[18]

Pompeo suffers from the chronic respiratory disease asthma, but the time in her life when she was initially diagnosed and the severity of her case were not known as of late April of 2014.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 8 ½ x 11 Human Resources Woman Short film
1999 Coming Soon Upset Girl
2000 Eventual Wife Beth Short film
2000 In the Weeds Martha
2000 Mambo Café Stacy
2002 Moonlight Mile Bertie Knox
2002 Catch Me If You Can Marci
2003 Old School Nicole
2003 Daredevil Karen Page
2003 Undermind Flynn
2004 Nobody's Perfect Veronica Short film
2004 Art Heist Sandra Walker
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Naomi Scenes deleted
2005 Life of the Party Phoebe Elgin


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Law & Order Jenna Weber Episode: "Savior"
1999 Strangers With Candy Lizzie Abrams Episode: "Feather in the Storm"
2000 Law & Order Laura Kendrick Episode: "Fools for Love"
2000 Get Real Nina Adler Episode: "History Lessons"
2001 The Job Sue Episode: "Anger"
2001 Strong Medicine Quincy Dunne Episode: "Wednesday Night Fever"
2004 Friends Missy Goldberg Episode: "The One Where the Stripper Cries"
2005–present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Meredith Grey Main Character, also narrator

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Film or series
2005 Nominated Teen Choice Award Choice TV- Breakout Female Grey's Anatomy
2006 Nominated Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy
2006 Nominated Teen Choice Award TV- Choice Actress Grey's Anatomy
2006 Won Satellite Award Best Ensemble in Television Grey's Anatomy
2007 Nominated Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Grey's Anatomy
2007 Won Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy
2007 Won Satellite Award Best Actress – Drama Series Grey's Anatomy
2007 Won National Italian American Foundation Special Achievement in Entertaining
2008 Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy
2009 Nominated Gold Derby TV Award Best Drama Actress -Television Grey's Anatomy
2010 Nominated People's Choice Award Favorite TV Doctor Grey's Anatomy
2011 Nominated People's Choice Award Favorite TV Drama Actress Grey's Anatomy
2012 Nominated Gold Derby TV Award Best Drama Actress -Television Grey's Anatomy
2012 Nominated People's Choice Award Favorite TV Drama Actress Grey's Anatomy
2013 Won People's Choice Award Favorite TV Drama Actress Grey's Anatomy


  1. ^ Ellen Pompeo Quietly Weds in New York – Weddings, Ellen Pompeo : People.com
  2. ^  Posted by Andrea at 12:29 pm. "Ellen Pompeo's Father Dies". Bitten and Bound. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Obituaries 09-13-2012 | Charlestown Patriot-Bridge". Charlestownbridge.com. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  4. ^ "Descendants of Mary Coffey and Dennis O'Keefe:Information about Ellen Pompeo". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. 1969-11-10. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  5. ^ The Inner Actor: Ellen Pompeo: strength and tenacity from a challenging early life
  6. ^ ELLENPOMPEO.NET – Ellen Pompeo Fansite
  7. ^ Posted on Sep 6, 2012 @ 6:00AM (2012-09-06). "Actress Ellen Pompeo’s Father Passes Away". Radar Online. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  8. ^ Bried, Erin: "Anatomy lesson", Self, February 2006
  9. ^ Spanish Wikipedia link to movie "Mambo Café"
  10. ^ Bochroch, Judy: "Anatomy of a Late Bloomer", Allure, December 2006
  11. ^ Ellen Pompeo Series 6 Interview
  12. ^ "Forbes Ranks The 2011 Highest Paid TV Actresses". Huffington Post. September 28, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ "2012 Highest Paid TV Actresses - Forbes Galleries". Galleries.forbes.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  14. ^ NIAF 32nd Anniversary Convention and Gala
  15. ^ "‘Grey’s’ Star Ellen Pompeo Launches Prod. Company, Sells First Project To ABC" October 27, 2011, Deadline.com
  16. ^ "Ellen Pompeo Quietly Weds in New York" People, November 14, 2007
  17. ^ "Exclusive: Ellen Pompeo Welcomes a Baby Girl!" US Magazine, September 23, 2009
  18. ^ http://tv.yahoo.com/news/ellen-pompeo-breaks-silence-isaiah-washington-katherine-heigl-145819135.html

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